MacDill Matters: Iron Man suit out at SOCom, but new innovations still needed for commandos

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I was not shocked to read that the so-called Iron Man suit originally pitched by U.S. Special Operations Command as an exoskeletal system to protect commandos in battle won’t be a Tony Starkish whiz-b’

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‘It’s not the Iron Man. I’ll be the first person to tell you that,’ Smith told the crowd at a key D.C. special operations forum. The exoskeleton, Smith told the audience, is ‘not ready for prime time in a close-combat environment.’

As one of the first people to write about this project, I had operators express skepticism that it would ever get off the ground as touted.

Though TALOS won’t be the be-all supersuit once envisioned by former SOCom leader William McRaven as a way to protect operators rushing into hostage rescues and other dangerous situations, the command continues to seek new technologies and innovations, something evident in a recent announcement of an upcoming event at Sofwerx, the command’s Ybor City incubator run by the Doolittle Institute.

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  • Publisher: Tampa Bay Times
  • Date: 2019-02-12T08:58:26Z-04
  • Author: Howard Altman
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And here’s another article:

SOCOM Wants Iron-Man Suits for A Teams

SOCOM issued the RFI on the US Government Federal Opportunity Bulletin board, and is expecting submissions by June 15. The command expects submissions of technologies already in development (TRL 5 or higher) that could be demonstrated in a short term. As much as this vision seems futuristic, SOCOM is looking for practical, near-term capabilities. typical of the command’s no nonsense attitude, the technologies selected for demonstrations should be integrated to form an initial capability within twelve months. A secondary goal is to determine the feasibility of fielding objective capabilities within three years. Such technologies could be submitted by research and development organizations, private industry, government labs and academia as well as individuals.

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  • Publisher: Defense Update:
  • Date: 2013-06-01T19:09:49+00:00
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Linda Olson of Tampa Bay WaVe: Finding a Critical Mass of Early Adopters

Linda Olson, president of Tampa Bay WaVE, is a hurricane-like force in the local ecosystem and works hard to nurture a culture that embraces the vibrant’entrepreneurial spirit.

This time for the #StartupsEverywhere,’series, she talks with me about building Tampa Bay WaVE, breaking down barriers, finding a critical mass of early adopters, and the latest startups coming out of the city.

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I am the founder and president of Tampa Bay WaVE, a nonprofit that aims to help local startups reach breakout success. Back in 2008, I was just one of several local tech entrepreneurs who was frustrated with gaps in the local ecosystem, but I was also committed to staying and growing my company in my hometown. Originally, Tampa Bay WaVE was merely a peer group for local tech entrepreneurs, but we quickly realized that we entrepreneurs needed to play an active role in solving our region’s ecosystem issues.

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